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The Cholesterol Conundrum

Statin drugs benefit some people immensely but are taken by millions more. If you’re at low risk for heart disease, taking drugs to lower your cholesterol may be doing you no good. Is it time we took a second look at statins? ... More
Drug Options to Keep Cholesterol in Check

Drug Options to Keep Cholesterol in Check

If considering a switch from Zetia, which blocks the absorption of LDL “bad” cholesterol in the gut, to Niaspan, a B vitamin that raises HDL “good” cholesterol, new research supports the decision. In a study of the two prescription drugs, Niaspan was better than Zetia at shrinking buildups in neck arteries. Niaspan may be taken […] ... More
Keep a List

Keep a List

To J.B., Lipitor and Lescol work in nearly the same way to help decrease cholesterol levels in the body. Taking two medicines with similar mechanisms of action increases the risk of side effects. It is unlikely, however, that the combination caused the health conditions you mentioned. Other cholesterol-lowering drugs work in different ways and are […] ... More
Statin Safety

Statin Safety

The FDA is repeating earlier warnings that certain statins to lower cholesterol do not mix with amiodarone, a drug prescribed to treat an irregular heartbeat. Amiodarone blocks an enzyme that breaks down some statins. This action leads to an increased risk of muscle and kidney damage called rhabdomyolysis in people taking both drugs. As a […] ... More